Some mornings when I wake up I am absolutely starving. I don’t what it is but I can hardly get my clothes and shoes on fast enough to go running before racing down stairs, throwing open the pantry door and finding a bite to eat. Normally I eat part of a tortilla with some peanut butter and honey along with a couple bites of banana before heading out for a run. I know, pretty boring, but I mostly just need a few carbs and a bit of protein before a run, sadly I can’t fill up on the good stuff until afterwards. Last week I wanted to change up my pre run meal a little so I made a small batch of these Peanut Butter Mocha Energy Bites to try out.
Having a little something to eat before I go out and run is pretty important. If you think about it my body just went 8 hours with no food (yes, I’m one of those people that needs their 8 hours of sleep) and now I’m about to make it go out for 10 mile run or farther depending on the day and how I feel. If I didn’t give my body a little snack before heading out we would NOT be friends. Weird things start to happen when your body uses up all it’s fuel. For one, the speed you are running will slow down or sometimes you’ll just hit a wall and flat out have to stop (been there…not fun). Second, I find that if I don’t have enough food or water in me I get a little nauseous and get stomach cramps. There is a fine line between having too much food and not enough food in your body when it comes to how your gut feels. Last, I find that I can’t focus on my run when I’m too hungry. All I can think about is food, wanting to finish, and how awful I feel, not a good combination. Figuring out how much food you need before going on a run is different for everyone. Some people need more and others less. I have found that I’m more on the less side otherwise I tend to get side aches and cramps..lovely. So enough talk about pre run fueling, lets get back to these delicious Peanut Butter Mocha Energy Bites.
Making the bites is super simple. Just get out a mixing bowl and add all of the yummy ingredients, those ingredients being, oats, peanut butter, unsweetened coconut, flax meal, espresso powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and maple syrup. Mix it with a whisk or spatula until everything comes together. Cover the mixture and let it chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes before rolling into bite sized balls. The energy bites a best stored in the refrigerator and will last about a week, that’s assuming you don’t eat them all before then (mine did not last a week). I loved the flavor combination of the cocoa and peanut butter with the espresso powder to give it a little coffee flavored kick! These bites are not only good before heading out for a run, but they are great any time you need a snack or even a healthy dessert.